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Randy Lew Among Early Leaders in PokerStars Festival Korea High Roller

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The ₩4,350,000 High Roller at the inaugural PokerStars Festival Korea attracted 45 entries and generated a prize pool of ₩174,600,000, the approximate equivalent of just over $155,000. Twenty-three players bagged chips at the conclusion of play with China's Boyuan Qu at the head of the pack with 253,400. Team PokerStars Online Pro Randy Lew (203,700) was the only other player to bag a stack of over 200,000. Shinji Kashima (191,400), Elias Gutierrez (190,000), and Wei Hsiang Yeu (188,100) aren't far behind, having also spun up their 50,000-chip starting stacks quite nicely over the course of the 12 levels played today.

Several other familiar faces have advanced to Day 2, including Albert Paik (167,600), Sparrow Cheung (131,300), Alan Lau (51,800). Pete Chen, who has already made two final tables at PokerStars Festival Korea in preliminary events, also bagged chips with a stack of 43,100, and Takashi Ogura bagged the short stack with 26,400.

Unfortunately, not all of the fan favorites survived to the end of Day 1 play. PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin, Phanlert Sukonthachartnant, and Keisuke Hikosaka had all been sent to the rail by the time play concluded.

Day 2 begins at noon local time on Friday and late registration will remain open until the end of Level 14, so there's a whole lot of poker left to be played in this event. Check back here for updates from the PokerNews live reporting team on the action in the PokerStars Festival Korea High Roller and Main Event, which is also already underway.

Day 2 Seat Draw

NameCountryChipsTableSeat 
Randy LewUSA203,70011 
Daniel DemickiPoland81,40012 
Horzuchi YutakaJapan42,00014 
Aki VirtanenFinland32,70016 
Elias GuitierrezSpain190,00017 
Park Yu Sparrow CheungHong Kong131,30018 
Damian ZachowiczPoland40,20021 
Shinji KashimaJapan191,40022 
Yen Han Pete ChenTaiwan43,10024 
Takumi SamejimaJapan124,00026 
Geoffrey MooneyAustralia59,90027 
Takayuki IwamotoJapan34,90028 
Keisuke HikosakaJapan98,60031 
Antti HalmeFinland37,60032 
Albert PaikUSA147,40034 
Yang ZhangChina63,40036 
Seng Yee LeowMalaysia49,10037 
Linh TranVietnam84,90038 
Takashi OguraJapan24,40041 
King Lune Alan LauHong Kong51,80042 
Kazuhiko YotsushikaJapan50,00044 
Boyouan QuChina253,40046 
Wei Hsiang YeuMalaysia188,10047 

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